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Let’s Work it Out

Deaf young people and employment

30 November 2021 | Online conference

This year’s conference is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people aged 13 to 25 years. You will find out how to support deaf young people who are beginning to think about moving into employment or gaining work experience.

Why should you attend?

Hear from high-profile leaders

Hear from high-profile leaders and practitioners about the support available to deaf young people in their preparation for employment.

Tools

Learn about practical tools you can use to support deaf young people’s transition to independence.

Resources

Get access to a range of free resources.

Close up of smiling deaf young woman

Conference overview

With the right support deaf people can work everywhere, but they are twice as likely to be unemployed as their hearing peers. Deaf young people are often poorly informed about their rights and the support available to them in the workplace. However, together we can make a difference in closing the employment gap.

Our conference will highlight best practice and guidance and give you practical ideas for supporting deaf young people on their journey into employment. The event will focus on three themes:

No.1

How you can support deaf young people to access opportunities and move into work, including volunteering, work experience, and employability programmes.

No.2

The broad range of jobs and careers available to deaf young people.

No.3

Tools and resources available for providing tailored careers support to deaf young people.

Deaf young man at work talking to manager

Young people will play a central role in the conference. You will hear first-hand from deaf young people about their personal experiences in employment.

Exciting new virtual conference centre

This year, we will be broadcasting via a customised virtual conference centre that will include:

questions and answers

presentations, videos and live questions and answers with leading experts

recorded content

recorded content that you can access for up to 29 days after the event

unique experience

a unique experience – you'll have the opportunity to network with other delegates and exhibitors in our virtual lobby, auditorium, exhibition hall and lounge areas

virtual conference bag

a virtual conference bag where you can save useful resources and information to access later.

Deaf young man smiling

Accessibility

All videos and presentations will have a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter and captions.

The live question and answer sessions will be covered by BSL interpreters and a palantypist. Delegates can ask questions in the live question and answer via a chat function, or if they prefer can turn on their camera to ask questions using BSL. BSL interpreters will be available for communicating with exhibitors during the lunch hour and for the final half-hour of the day. Chat and video functions will also be available for communicating with exhibitors.

Can’t join us for the whole day?

Don’t worry

Don’t worry, your ticket will give you access to the individual presentations for up to 29 days after the event, so that you can watch them whenever suits you best.

Agenda/Speakers

30 November, 2021

9.00 – 9.05

Welcome from the Chair

Lisa Capper MBE 
Principal/Director of Education and Skills, Nacro

9.05 – 9.15

Deaf young people on employment

Mollie
Alumni Youth Advisory Board YAB member

Benny
Visual Merchandiser and Youtuber

9.15 – 9.30

Deaf Role Models. What it’s like being a deaf person working in… What makes it work?

Ifan Roberts
Inspector engineer, Rolls Royce

Asha Hylton
NHS nurse

Jodie Ounsley
England rugby player

9.30 – 9.50

Deaf Role Models live questions and answers

9.50 – 10.10

Employment support available to deaf young people after leaving education

Debbie Bradford
Programme Manager, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions

Ian Milton
Policy Adviser, Disability and Work Opportunities, Department for Work and Pensions

10.10 – 10.30

Department of Work and Pensions live questions and answers

10.30 – 10.45

Break

10.45 – 11.05

Equality Act in Employment

Dr Joanna Kerr
Employment law specialist, Barrister at Lamb Chambers

11.05 – 11.25

Dr Joanna Kerr live questions and answers

11.25 – 11.45

Supporting deaf young people to volunteer / gain work experience

Ellie
Deaf Young Volunteer and Mentor, National Deaf Children’s Society

Andy Lloyd
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross

Stacey Betts
Assistant Principal, Doncaster Deaf Trust

Suzie Beaumont
Careers Lead, Doncaster Deaf Trust

Damian Ball
Young Futures Manager, National Deaf Children’s Society

11.45 – 12.05

Live questions and answers/panel discussion with Mark Bolton (Deputy Director Young People, National Deaf Children’s Society), Andy Lloyd (British Red Cross), Stacey Betts and Suzie Beaumont (Doncaster Deaf Trust)

Mark Bolton
Deputy Director Young People, National Deaf Children’s Society

12.05 – 12.25

Improving self-determination amongst deaf young people – The READY study

Professor Alys Young
Professor of Social Work, University of Manchester

12.25 – 12.45

Professor Alys Young live questions and answers

12.45 – 13.50

Lunch / Exhibition

13.50 – 14.10

How to find apprenticeships and traineeships – what support is available to deaf young people?

Anna Morrison CBE
Director and Founder of Amazing Apprenticeships

Martin McLean
Lead Careers Campaign and Post 14 Policy and Practice, National Deaf Children’s Society

14.10 – 14.30

Anna Morrison and Martin McLean live questions and answers

14.30 – 14.50

Strengthening local pathways for deaf young people

Sarah Collinson
Senior Advisor Engagement England, National Deaf Children’s Society

14.50 – 15.10

Sarah Collinson live questions and answers

15.10 – 15.25

Break

15.25 – 15.45

Summer Camp Experiences for Deaf Youth: Fostering self-determination

Claire E Ryan
School Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Texas at Austin,
Graduate Research Assistant National Deaf Centre on Postsecondary Outcomes, USA

15.45 – 16.05

Claire E Ryan live questions and answers

16.05 – 16.25

Deaf young people on volunteering and employment live questions and answers/panel discussion

Sarah and Mollie
YAB Alumni

Ellie
Deaf Young Volunteer and Mentor

16.25 – 16.30

Closing remarks

Kathryn Rudd OBE
Her Majesty’s Inspector at Ofsted

16.30 – 17.00

Exhibition Hall and final networking

FAQs

Approximately 1 week before the conference, we will send you joining instructions, including login details. You will need a desktop, laptop or tablet so that you can navigate the conference site with ease. You may like to use a video camera or microphone, but these are not compulsory.
We will have BSL Interpreters and palantypists as standard. Please let us know if you have any additional access/communication support needs. Please contact us at Training@ndcs.org.uk.
Yes. If you are waiting for a PO number to be approved, enter 'to be confirmed' when registering and let us know the number once approved.
If you need our bank details in order to add the National Deaf Children's Society as a supplier on your finance system, please contact us and we can send these to you training@ndcs.org.uk.
No, the login details are for one person only.
The event will be recorded and you will be able to access it for 29 days afterward, but you must purchase your place by 22 November. Recordings will not be available to people who did not purchase their place ahead of time.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 29 days following the event. This will include the presentations, but not the Q&A sessions. You will be able to access exhibitor information that has been uploaded to their stand but will not be able to interact with them live after the 30th of November.

Sponsors/Exhibitors

We'd like to offer you the opportunity to promote the important work your organisation does to a captive audience of key players in your sector. Please join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at our annual conference, Let’s Work it Out, for professionals working with deaf children, on 30 November 2021.
This year we’re holding our conference – Let’s Work it Out – in an innovative virtual conference centre. Why not use this unique online platform to showcase your business or organisation to up to 250 professionals, practitioners and senior practitioners working with children and young people?
The virtual lobby, auditorium, exhibition hall and lounge areas provide ample opportunities for promoting your brand to our delegates. The easy-to-use software requires no downloads, is 100% mobile friendly, and works on all modern browsers.
Delegates will include leaders and practitioners from a range of education, health, and social care settings, including:
  • secondary, further and higher education
  • special educational needs
  • audiology
  • social work
  • careers advice and guidance
  • leisure and youth activities.
With your support we can keep the cost of attending the conference to a minimum. This ensures we maximise our audience reach and make the event as inclusive as possible for professionals with limited budgets. Without sponsors and exhibitors, we need to use our core income to put on the conference, which would take away funding from our other vital work in supporting deaf children, young people, and their families.
For more information contact training@ndcs.org.uk.

Sponsorship Packages

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Gold Level Sponsorship

Gold Level Sponsorship

£2000 + VAT (includes optional opportunity to exhibit)

  • Exclusive opportunity to showcase your branding in the virtual lobby where all delegates enter the conference.
  • Your logo and details featured on our event landing page.
  • Mentions on National Deaf Children’s Society Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts reaching over 35,000 followers (combined).
  • Your logo and information on the National Deaf Children’s Society website.
  • Your logo and details featured in our email marketing to professionals.
  • Prominent exhibition booth directly displayed as visitors enter the hall (optional).
  • Fully customisable exhibition booth (optional).
  • Unlimited digital resources for display and download (optional).
  • Unlimited access to chat with booth visitors via text, audio and video (optional).
  • Receive details of all booth visitors after the event.*

Silver Level Sponsorship

Silver Level Sponsorship

£1000 + VAT (includes optional opportunity to exhibit)

  • Your logo and details featured on our event landing page.
  • Mentions on National Deaf Children’s Society Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts reaching over 35,000 followers (combined).
  • Your logo and information on the National Deaf Children’s Society website.
  • Your logo and details featured in our email marketing to professionals.
  • Fully customisable exhibition booth, in excellent position within the hall (optional).
  • Unlimited digital resources for display and download (optional).
  • Unlimited access to chat with booth visitors via text, audio and video (optional).
  • Receive details of all booth visitors after the event.*

*Subject to permission being given by the attendee

  • Support the National Deaf Children’s Society and the important work we do with professionals in the education, health, and social care sectors.
  • Increase brand awareness to grow your business or organisation.
  • Engage with our influential group of delegates.
  • Network with key players in your sector to form new relationships.
“We were very impressed with the whole event. The quality of the delegates was great, as was the overall organisation, and would definitely attend again next year.” Sponsor, 2018

Exhibiting Package

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Exhibiting Package

£525 plus VAT (for-profit and public sector organisations)

£375 plus VAT (not-for-profit organisations)

  • Host a fully customisable virtual booth in our exhibition hall.
  • Display virtual literature and link to content on your website.
  • Show engaging digital content such as videos.
  • Interact with attendees using text, audio or video chat. You can chat to groups in a chat room or have private one-to-one meetings.
  • Provide unlimited resources and information for delegates to save in their virtual conference bag, to access at a time that suits them.
  • Access full analytics, so you can evaluate the success of your exhibition booth.
  • Receive details of all booth visitors after the event*.

The virtual platform will be live for 29 days after the event ends. Visitors can still view everything your company or organisation has to offer. Should they wish to contact you, they can send you a message using an offline contact form.

*Subject to permission being given by the attendee

  • Enjoy the benefits of exhibiting virtually, and cost-effectively reach a wider audience, from the comfort of your own desk.
  • Increase brand awareness to grow your business or organisation.
  • Engage with our influential group of delegates.
  • Network with key players in your sector to form new relationships.
“I cannot say it enough – great event yesterday – hats off.” Phonak, 2019
“I thought it was a really useful event. We met a lot of professionals who were unaware of the alternative education that is available for young people with hearing impairments.” Doncaster School for the Deaf, 2018
“Thank you for a very good conference. We will definitely be booking a stand next year and look forward to hearing more about next year’s event.” Exeter Royal Academy for the Deaf, 2018